Darien resident Cornelius T. Finnegan III, died Tuesday, July 17, at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, following a spinal injury suffered at his summer home. Mr. Finnegan, 67, was recently retired from the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher, where he was a longtime partner specializing in corporate law. He also worked briefly as general counsel at W. R. Berkley Corporation.
Mr. Finnegan was born in Lowell, Mass., in 1945 to Ann O’Sullivan and Cornelius T. Finnegan Jr., the eldest of six boys. He attended high school at Keith Academy in Lowell, where he was valedictorian. He received his bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in 1966 and his JD in 1972 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He served in the Army National Guard for four years.
“Friends and family appreciated Connie for his modesty, generosity, and playful wit,” his family said. “He was a man of great integrity. Connie could often be found in the stands at local Blue Wave sporting events.”
After retirement, he was a frequent attendee at the DCA Senior Men’s Lecture Series and pursued his interest in history through many courses at Norwalk Community College. He was a talented accordion player.
Mr. Finnegan is survived by his wife, Maureen O’Brien Finnegan of Darien; sons Cornelius IV of Darien, Christopher of Los Angeles, and Justin of Bhutan; daughter-in-law, Erin (Miller) Finnegan; two grandchildren, Cornelius V, and Aoife; brothers Kevin, Barry, Brendan, and Mark; brother Edward predeceased him.
A wake will be held at Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road in Darien on Tuesday, July 24, from 5-8. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Thomas More Church, Darien, on Wednesday, July 25, at 10:30.
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